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The two areas of UK where people are getting younger

The outlook is decidedly grey across Britain, with the population of almost every city, town and village set to get older in the coming years.
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The article quotes Professor Jane Falkingham, director of the ESRC Centre for Population Change at Southampton University.

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How do we live to 100 and enjoy it?

What does it take for us to get to 100 years old? What are our chances of living beyond a century? How do our early years, lifestyle, work and where we live affect our lifespan? These are just some of the questions raised in a new exhibition being taken around the UK by population experts at the University of Southampton.

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The article discusses the flagship event of the 2014 ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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We know the population is ageing – now we must embrace the challenge

We know the population is ageing – now we must embrace the challenge | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

With numbers of people aged 75 and over expected to double by 2040, society needs to adapt quickly, writes Jane Falkingham

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Article written by Jane Falkingham, Director of ESRC-funded Centre for Population Change

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Older workers to learn how much 'flat-rate' state pension they'll get

Older workers to learn how much 'flat-rate' state pension they'll get | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The statements will give an important indication as to whether workers need to act to top up their contributions.
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The article cites estimates from the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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How does it feel to be old in different societies?

How does it feel to be old in different societies? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
People aged 70 and over who identify themselves as 'old' feel worse about their own health in societies where they perceive they have lower value than younger age groups.
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The article discusses findings from European Social Survey data. The ESRC provided funding for the European Social Survey.

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Innovative ideas spark a revolution

Innovative ideas spark a revolution | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Radical ideas with the potential to revolutionise the current approach to long-term care are being funded by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board. The successful projects include 'Flourish: Inspirational aging', which focuses on on reframing the concept of need, moving away from a care system that concentrates on providing physical support towards one that focuses on positive wellbeing. Flourish is a collaboration between Digital Laundry, Northumbria University, Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York; ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford; and Cedilla Publishing.

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The Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford is funded by the ESRC.

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How negative stereotyping affects older people

The most comprehensive analysis to date of research on the effect of negative stereotypes on older people's abilities has concluded that these stereotypes create a significant problem for that demographic.

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The article cites ESRC-funded research carried out by Ruth Lamont, working with Dr Hannah Swift and Professor Dominic Abrams at the University of Kent.

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Third of countries struggling to meet the needs of ageing population

Third of countries struggling to meet the needs of ageing population | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

People around the world are living longer, but social policies to support their wellbeing in later life are lagging behind in many countries.

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This article cites an ESRC grant that has been awarded to the University of Southampton to conduct an in-depth analysis into the four most populous countries in the Global AgeWatch Index: China, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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Why our ageing population needs immigration

Why our ageing population needs immigration | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The debate, and sometimes slanging match, over the touchy topic of immigration often centres on the tired old argument of 'foreigners taking our jobs', but what's often overlooked is just how much immigration contributes economically to the UK.

The figures for just how vital foreign workers are to the UK were laid bare by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR).

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NIESR receives funding from the ESRC.

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How can older people’s skills be valued after life’s rush hour?

How can older people’s skills be valued after life’s rush hour? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Work needs to be done to ensure the UK’s increasing ageing population can still contribute to society. 

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Article cites the ESRC Centre for Population Change

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Different societies affect how old and ill 'over 70s' feel

People aged 70 and over who identify themselves as 'old' feel worse about their own health in societies where they perceive they have lower value than younger age groups.

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This article cites data from the ESRC-funded European Social Survey.

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Don't worry about ageing Scotland as 60 really is the new 40

Don't worry about ageing Scotland as 60 really is the new 40 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Now researchers have challenged the idea that the ageing population of Scotland is a burden on society, saying it fails to take into account the improving health of the older generation

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